Forget fitted looks, sex bombs and perfectly matching suits. For s/s 2016 women’s fashion will leave space for freedom, self-expression and generally an escape from rules and conventions. Silhouettes and fits will generally focus on looseness and pieces will not necessarily be matching with each other and more casual and sportier looks will be present everywhere. Energetic primary colors, ethnic inspiration, flower decors and denim are making their comeback.

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Modern anarchy
Marni SS'16
Marni SS'16
Wrong is right according to many designers. Each of them, in different ways, expressed their desire to show how irregular, contrasting, rough and far from habits the new must for present society and modern dressing attitude are. Marni opted for conceptual neoprene, leather and various color mixes in bright and bold colors. Geometrical juxtaposing of materials, huge colorful lace rounded elements, stylized leaf and vegetal prints completed the Marni collection. Calvin Klein opted for unfinished hem pieces and purposely irregular laddered knitwear items. Also most appreciated by many insiders were Gucci’s mismatched pieces mixing trompe-l’oeil prints with laces, stylized geographical maps, transparencies and flower prints, and Prada’s asymmetrical suits mixing various tweeds with bold elements such as stripes, transparent elements, lurex effects and macro-net decors.

Yellow, flowers and ethnic inspiration
Etro SS'16
Etro SS'16
Great energy pervaded the Milanese days. Yellow was a hue many designers showed on their catwalk. Among them, for instance, there were Anteprima, John Richmond, I’M Isola Marras, Gulin, one of the many Chinese designers participating in the Milan Fashion Week. Also strongly returning were folk and ethnic inspired prints, embroideries and silhouettes as presented by Stella Jean who added a very contemporary-cool touch to her creations, Maurizio Pecoraro, Leitmotiv and I’M Isola Marras. Ports 1961 reinvented cotton shirts, dresses and trousers devised for modern chic travelers and characterized by light blue handmade effect prints and stripes. Flower prints invaded catwalk shows and shoes, too. Fratelli Rossetti decorated its most iconic shoe models with hand-made effect flower tattoos.
Power to imagination

In addition to imperfect fashion mixes also a lot of colors pervaded Milanese shows. Moschino played with bright hues, lettering and patterns borrowed from the street sign world. US designer and illustrator Rebecca Moses collaborated with Alcantara. She decorated Alcantara Milan’s temporary store by personally hand-painting its walls with inspiring decorations and cool fashion victims. She also created a series of unique colorful charms, bags, jewels and small accessories. Dolce&Gabbana decorated their collection with lively postcard motives and Souvenir d’Italie inspired prints.

Denim and sportswear – they’re alive!
Dondup SS'16
Dondup SS'16
Milan’s catwalk shows presented a huge comeback of the evergreen indigo toile. Cristiano Burani played with it by mixing colorful elements adding some cool ‘70s attitude. Calvin Klein Jeans offered street looks such as acid wash shirts, comfy super-washed tops and trousers as well as unwashed clean looks. Also Roberto Cavalli opted for some denim pieces hardly washed. He also opted for a generally more sporty direction. Also Bottega Veneta offered bombers and trousers for modern travelers. Ermanno Scervino launched a military green overall to be worn with a pink fur jacket. Dondup opted for ruined denim cropped boxy jeans and modern gipsy looks.

Non colors and pastels
As part of a general trend various designers opted for some cool non colors such as, for instance, Antonio Marras who played with beige, ice-white and light brown pieces all decored with laces and precious applications. Trussardi focused on ethnic linen and cotton pieces mixed with leather items in beautiful orange, apricot and brick red hues. Cividini preferred irregular mixes of geometric patterns decorating ultra-lightweight multilayer knitwear combinations in most different shades of browns – from dark to superlight hues.

Moschino SS'16
Moschino SS'16